Safeguarding California

California is leading the way on emissions reduction, but no matter how quickly we reduce our climate polluting emissions, climate impacts will still occur. Many impacts – increased fires, floods, severe storms and heat waves – are occurring already and will only become more frequent and more dangerous. But there are many things we can do to protect against climate impacts. Taking steps now to adapt to climate change will protect public health and
safety, our economy and our future.

Implementation Action Plans

The Natural Resources Agency is proud to present Safeguarding California: Implementation Action Plans, a document that shows how state government is acting to convert the recommendations from the 2014 Safeguarding California: Reducing Climate Risk report into action.

Divided by ten sectors that include water, agriculture, and biodiversity, this new report shows the path forward by concisely presenting

  • risks posed by climate change,
  • adaptation efforts underway, and
  • actions that will be taken to safeguard residents, property, communities and natural systems.

The report has been informed by public comments gathered last fall, including at workshops held around the state.

The implementation actions contained in the Safeguarding California report seek to fulfill Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s directive to state agencies to make informed decisions and avoid high costs in the face of inevitable impacts from climate change.

You can find the full report, including an Executive Summary, here. Each of the ten sector plans in the report can be found individually below as well.


Safeguarding California Plan

The California Natural Resources Agency, in coordination with other state agencies, has updated the 2009 California Climate Adaptation Strategy. The Safeguarding California Plan augments previously identified strategies in light of advances in climate science and risk management options.

Related links:

Fourth California Climate Assessment: Building on California’s prior investments in regionally relevant climate science, a Fourth California Climate Change Assessment (Fourth Assessment) is currently underway. The Fourth Assessment will provide critical additional information to support decisions that will safeguard the people, economy and resources of California.

California Adaptation Planning Guide: The Adaptation Planning Guide provides a step-by-step process for local and regional governments interested in climate vulnerability assessment and adaptation strategy development.

Cal-Adapt: Cal-Adapt is a web-based climate adaptation planning
tool. Cal-Adapt allows the user to identify potential climate change risks in specific geographic areas throughout the state. Users can either query by location, or click on an interactive map to explore what climate impacts are projected to occur in their area of interest.

California Local Energy Assurance Planning Tool: The California Local Energy Assurance Planning (CaLEAP) program is a California Energy Commission sponsored project to assist local governments throughout the State in preparing plans to ensure that key assets are resilient to disaster events that impact energy. The CaLEAP Planning Tool is a designed to help local governments develop Energy Assurance Plans (EAPs).

CalEMA’s MyPlan: MyPlan is a map service designed to be a simple interface to California natural hazard data products produced by the California Natural Resources Agency departments and other government agencies. This Web site is provided by Cal EMA to allow users to easily make hazard maps for preparing, upgrading and reviewing Local Hazard Mitigation Plans (LHMPs), General PlanSafety Elements, Local Coastal Plans (LCPs), and hazard mitigation projects.

CalEMA’s MyHazards: Use this website to discover the hazards that exist in your area and learn how to reduce YOUR risk! Remember, the best way to recover from disasters is by reducing the risks before a disaster strikes.


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